## Profiles

# Robyn Reaburn

# Robyn Reaburn

## Lecturer in Mathematics Education

Room A223 , Building A

Dr Robyn Reaburn is a Lecturer in
Mathematics Education at the University of Tasmania. Her doctoral thesis
examined tertiary students' understanding of statistical inference,
particularly confidence intervals and *P*-values.
She also completed a research Master's degree examining the relationship
between particulate pollution and the visits of people with respiratory
illnesses to the general hospital in Launceston. Her interests include
examining the language of mathematics and in parental involvement in their
children's mathematics education.

### Biography

Dr Robyn Reaburnis a lecturer in Mathematics Education at the University of Tasmania. She completed her doctorate in statistics education. She has taught for many years in high schools, Technical and Further Education, and at the University of Tasmania and the Australian Maritime College. Before this she worked for many years as a biomedical scientist where she specialised in Haematology. Her current research interests include students' understanding of statistical concepts on entry to university, and statistics lecturers' knowledge of content and pedagogy. She also takes an interest in students who have little confidence in their mathematics ability on entering post-secondary education. She is also interested in parental involvement with their children's mathematics education and the role of Teachers' Aides in mathematics teaching.

### Career summary

#### Qualifications

- PhD (2011) 'Students understanding of statistical inference: implications for teaching' University of Tasmania, Australia
- MSc (Res)
*'Methodological issues in the investigation of the relationship between particulate air pollution and visits to the Launceston General Hospital owing to respiratory conditions between 1992-2001'*University of Tasmania, Australia - Grad Dip Sc (1999) University of Tasmania, Australia
- Dip Teaching (1995) University of Tasmania, Australia
- BA (1998) Deakin University, Australia
- BAppSc (1982) RMIT, Australia

### Memberships

#### Professional practice

- Member of the Mathematics Research Group of Australasia
- Executive member of the Mathematics Association of Tasmania

### Teaching

Inferential statistics, Mathematics Education, Algebra, Teachersâ€™ Aides

#### Teaching expertise

Robyn has taught science and mathematics at secondary school. She has also taught mathematics and biology in Tasmanian Technical and Further Education. She has taught inferential statistics at the Australian Maritime College and the University of Tasmania where she has contributed to the design of these courses as a result of her research. Robyn has also been involved in Mathematics Education units for the Faculty of Education at the University of Tasmania.

#### Teaching responsibility

View more on Dr Robyn Reaburn in WARP

### Expertise

Robyn's research aligns to the University's research themes of Data, Knowledge and Decisions. Her research interests include the effectiveness of parental involvement in early mathematics education and the role of Teachers' Aides in mathematics classrooms. Her research into tertiary students' understanding of inferential statistics led to the implementation of strategies that assist students in the understanding of these difficult topics. Her research also has shown that tertiary students may have poor understanding of fundamental concepts such as the mean even though they may be competent at mathematics and can perform the procedures. Her current interests also include the language of Mathematics.

### Research Themes

Robyn's research aligns to the University's research themes of Data, Knowledge and Decisions. Her research interests include the effectiveness of parental involvement in early mathematics education and the role of Teachers' Aides in mathematics classrooms. Her research into tertiary students' understanding of inferential statistics led to the implementation of strategies that assist students in the understanding of these difficult topics. Her research also has shown that tertiary students may have poor understanding of fundamental concepts such as the mean even though they may be competent at mathematics and can perform the procedures. Her current interests also include the language of Mathematics.

### Collaboration

Robyn is on the management team on the TEMPEST: Towards Educating Mathematics Professionals Encompassing Science and Technology project. This is a Commonwealth Government funded project. Project partners include the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers, the Tasmanian Department of Education, TasTAFE, Independent Schools Tasmania, Tasmanian Catholic Education Office and Swinburne University of Technology. This project aims to improve the quality of maths and science education throughout the country.

### Current projects

##### TEMPEST :Towards Educating Mathematics Professionals Encompassing Science and Technology

Promoting and supporting parent involvement in primary school mathematics. This project aims to assist parents of early primary school children to gain the knowledge and confidence to support their children in their mathematics learning. This project is in partnership with Dr Jill Wells, also of the University of Tasmania. It is being funded by the Tasmanian Community Fund

### Fields of Research

- Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy (390109)
- Teacher education and professional development of educators (390307)
- Higher education (390303)
- Other education (399999)
- Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development (390102)
- Sociology of education (390203)
- Secondary education (390306)
- Applied statistics (490501)
- Creative arts, media and communication curriculum and pedagogy (390101)
- Special education and disability (390411)
- Education systems (390399)
- Economics, business and management curriculum and pedagogy (390103)
- Continuing and community education (390301)
- Health and community services (420305)
- Vocational education and training curriculum and pedagogy (390114)
- English and literacy curriculum and pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL) (390104)

### Research Objectives

- Teacher and instructor development (160303)
- Pedagogy (160302)
- Learner and learning (160199)
- Other education and training (169999)
- Equity and access to education (160201)
- Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum (160301)
- Expanding knowledge in education (280109)
- Clinical health (200199)
- Teaching and instruction technologies (160304)
- Fisheries - aquaculture (100299)
- Health education and promotion (200203)
- Public health (excl. specific population health) (200499)
- Management, resources and leadership (160204)

## Publications

Total publications

34

### Journal Article

(8 outputs)Year | Citation | Altmetrics |
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2021 | Murphy C, Muir T, Fitzallen N, Reaburn R, 'MTED Editorial: Celebrating ways forward and recognising dilemmas', Mathematics Teacher Education and Development, 23, (1) pp. 1-4. ISSN 2203-1499 (2021) [Letter or Note in Journal] Co-authors: Murphy C; Muir T | |

2021 | Reaburn R, 'The experiences of homeschooling parents with mathematics', Issues in Educational Research, 31, (2) pp. 606-625. ISSN 1837-6290 (2021) [Refereed Article] | |

2020 | Muir T, Murphy C, Reaburn R, Fitzallen N, 'MTED Editorial: Challenges and Opportunities', Mathematics Teacher Education and Development, 22, (1) pp. 1-4. ISSN 2203-1499 (2020) [Letter or Note in Journal] Co-authors: Muir T; Murphy C | |

2019 | Reaburn R, Muir T, Murphy C, Fitzallen N, 'Frameworks for evaluating the work of teachers and teacher educators', Mathematics Teacher Education and Development, 21, (1) pp. 1-3. ISSN 2203-1499 (2019) [Letter or Note in Journal] Co-authors: Muir T; Murphy C; Fitzallen N | |

2017 | Corbett M, Fraser S, Reaburn R, Smith H, Roberts J, et al., 'Building a new generation: Community expectations on raising aspirations in rural Tasmania', Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 27, (3) pp. 8-24. ISSN 1839-7387 (2017) [Refereed Article] Co-authors: Corbett M; Fraser S; Smith H | |

2017 | Reaburn R, Fraser S, Smith H, Roberts J, Fielding-Wells J, et al., 'Aspire High: Impacting student aspirations in a regional community', Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 27, (3) pp. 73-89. ISSN 1036-0026 (2017) [Refereed Article]Co-authors: Fraser S; Smith H; Corbett M | |

2014 | Reaburn R, 'Introductory statistics course tertiary students' understanding of P-values', Statistics Education Research Journal, 13, (1) pp. 53-65. ISSN 1570-1824 (2014) [Refereed Article] Citations: Scopus - 9 | |

2003 | Reaburn RL, Edwards SJ, 'Modelling the growth of cultured greenlip abalone (Haliotis laevigata Leach): practical modes of measurement', Aquaculture Research, 34, (3) pp. 253-259. ISSN 1355-557X (2003) [Refereed Article]DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2109.2003.00814.x [eCite] [Details] Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 10 Co-authors: Edwards SJ |

### Book

(1 outputs)Year | Citation | Altmetrics |
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2014 | Fitzallen NE, Reaburn RL, Fan S, 'The Future of Educational Research: Perspectives from Beginning Researchers', Sense Publishers, Netherlands, pp. 337. ISBN 978-94-6209-510-6 (2014) [Edited Book] Co-authors: Fitzallen NE; Fan S |

### Chapter in Book

(6 outputs)Year | Citation | Altmetrics |
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2021 | Oates G, Muir T, Murphy C, Reaburn R, Maher N, 'What Influences Mathematics Teacher Educators' Decisions in Course Design: Activity Theory and Professional Capital as an Investigative Approach', The Learning and Development of Mathematics Teacher Educators, Springer, M Goos & K Beswick (ed), Cham, Switzerland, pp. 345-366. ISBN 978-3-030-62407-1 (2021) [Research Book Chapter] DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-62408-8_18 [eCite] [Details] Co-authors: Oates G; Muir T; Murphy C; Maher N | |

2018 | Reaburn RL, 'Students' Understanding of Statistical Inference: Implications for Teaching', Structuring the Thesis: Matching Method, Paradigm, Theories and Findings, Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd, D Kember, M Corbett (ed), Singapore, pp. 121-127. ISBN 978-981-13-0510-8 (2018) [Research Book Chapter] | |

2016 | Reaburn R, 'What is the purpose of education?', What is Next in Educational Research?, Sense Publishers, S Fan, J Fielding-Wells (ed), The Netherlands, pp. 277-283. ISBN 9789463005227 (2016) [Other Book Chapter] | |

2016 | Reaburn RL, 'Statistics and probability', Teaching Secondary Mathematics, Cambridge University Press, Australia, pp. 284-325. ISBN 9781107578678 (2016) [Other Book Chapter] | |

2016 | Reaburn RL, 'Calculus', Teaching Secondary Mathematics, Cambridge University Press, Australia, pp. 284-325. ISBN 9781107578678 (2016) [Other Book Chapter] | |

2014 | Reaburn R, 'Students understanding of variation on entering tertiary education', The Future of Educational Research, Sense Publishers, N. Fitzallen, S. Fan & R. Reaburn (ed), Netherlands, pp. 253-262. ISBN 978-94-6209-512-0 (2014) [Research Book Chapter] |

### Conference Publication

(15 outputs)Year | Citation | Altmetrics |
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2019 | Reaburn R, 'Students' understanding of randomness after an introductory tertiary statistics course', Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 30 June - 4 July 2019, Perth, Australia, pp. 572-579. ISBN 978-1-920846-31-2 (2019) [Refereed Conference Paper] | |

2019 | Reaburn R, Holland B, Oates G, Stojanovski E, 'Crossing the liminal space: students' understanding of confidence intervals', Proceedings of the 12th Delta conference on the teaching and learning of undergraduate mathematics and statistics, 24 - 29 November 2019, Fremantle, Western Australia, pp. 176. ISBN 978-1-74108-498-6 (2019) [Refereed Conference Paper] DOI: 10.26183/5d5f53ed9c926 [eCite] [Details] Co-authors: Holland B; Oates G | |

2018 | Murphy C, Beasy K, Mainsbridge C, Page L, Reaburn R, et al., 'Exploring academic staffs' self-perception about supporting diverse learners', Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE), 2-6 December 2018, University of Sydney, Australia (2018) [Conference Extract] Co-authors: Murphy C; Beasy K; Mainsbridge C; Page L; Stanford S | |

2018 | Oates GN, Reaburn RL, Brideson MA, Dharmadasa HK, 'Understanding of limits and differentiation as threshold concepts in a first-year mathematics course', Proceedings of the Eleventh Southern Hemisphere Conference on the Teaching and Learning of Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics, 26 November - 1 December 2017, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, pp. 108-120. ISBN 978-85-8167-237-3 (2018) [Refereed Conference Paper] Co-authors: Oates GN; Brideson MA; Dharmadasa HK | |

2018 | Reaburn R, Oates G, Dharmadasa K, Brideson M, 'Relating Flexibility in Concept Image and Understanding of Limits and Derivatives', Proceedings of the 8th ICMI-East Asia Regional Conference on Mathematics Education, 7-11 May 2018, Taipei, Taiwan, pp. 239-247. ISBN 978-986-05-5784-8 (2018) [Refereed Conference Paper] Co-authors: Oates G; Dharmadasa K; Brideson M | |

2018 | Reaburn R, Roberts J, 'The experiences of homeschooling parents when teaching mathematics', Making waves, opening spaces (Proceedings of the 41st annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia), 1-5 July 2018, Auckland, New Zealand, pp. 647-652. (2018) [Refereed Conference Paper] | |

2017 | Reaburn R, 'Statistics instructors' beliefs and misconceptions about p-values', Proceedings of the 40th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2-6 July 2017, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 428-433. ISBN 978-1-920846-30-5 (2017) [Refereed Conference Paper] | |

2016 | Reaburn R, Kilpatrick S, Fraser S, Beswick K, Muir T, 'What's happening in Australian mathematics professional learning?', Proceedings of the 2016 Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference, 27 November - 1 December 2016, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, pp. 1-13. ISSN 1324-9320 (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper] Co-authors: Kilpatrick S; Fraser S; Beswick K; Muir T | |

2015 | Reaburn R, 'The practice of teacher aides in Tasmanian primary mathematics classrooms', Mathematics education in the margins: Proceedings of the 38th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 28 June - 2 July, University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs, QLD, pp. 516-523. (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper] | |

2015 | Reaburn R, 'An analysis of the algebra chapters in a series of popular textbooks used in schools in Tasmania, Australia', International Seminar on Mathematics, Science and Computer Science Education, 17 October, Bandung, Indonesia, pp. 1-3. (2015) [Keynote Presentation] | |

2014 | Reaburn R, 'Students' understanding of confidence intervals', Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Teaching Statistics, 13-18 July 2014, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA, pp. 1-4. (2014) [Non Refereed Conference Paper] | |

2013 | Reaburn R, 'Pre-service teachers' understanding of measures of centre: When the meaning gets lost?', Mathematics Education: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow - Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 7-11 July 2013, Melbourne, Victoria, pp. 563-569. (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper] | |

2013 | Reaburn R, 'Students' understanding of conditional probability on entering university', Mathematics Education: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow - Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 7-11 July 2013, Melbourne, Victoria, pp. 570-577. (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper] | |

2012 | Reaburn R, 'Strategies used by students to compare two data sets', Mathematics Education: Expanding Horizons - Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2-6 July 2012, Singapore, pp. 633-639. ISBN 978-981-07-2527-3 (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper] | |

2008 | Reaburn RL, 'The Hospital Problem Revisited. Tertiary Students' Perceptions of a Problem Involving the Binominal Distribution ', Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia , June 28- July 01 2008, QLD, pp. 415-419. ISBN 9781920846176 (2008) [Refereed Conference Paper] |

### Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(2 outputs)Year | Citation | Altmetrics |
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2017 | Corbett M, Fraser S, Beswick K, Smith H, Wells J, et al., 'Dream Big evaluation: Final Report', University of Tasmania, Australia (2017) [Consultants Report] Co-authors: Corbett M; Fraser S; Beswick K; Smith H; Wells J; McCarthy R; Roberts J; McLeod C; Sutton G; Smith C | |

2017 | Corbett Michael John, Fraser SP, Beswick K, Smith H, Wells Jill, et al., 'Report of the program evaluation of Dream Big'', Burnie City Council, Launceston, Tasmania, Final (2017) [Contract Report] Co-authors: Corbett Michael John; Fraser SP; Beswick K; Smith H; Wells Jill; McCarthy RJ; Roberts JV; McLeod CJ; Sutton GN; Smith CJ; Page LA |

### Thesis

(2 outputs)Year | Citation | Altmetrics |
---|---|---|

2011 | Reaburn RL, 'Students' understanding of statistical inference: implications for teaching' (2011) [PhD] | |

2006 | Reaburn RL, 'Methodological Issues in the Investigation of the Relationship Between Particulate Air Pollution and Visits to the Launceston General Hospital Owing to Respiratory Conditions Between 1992 and 2001' (2006) [Masters Research] |

## Grants & Funding

Robyn is on the committee of the TEMPEST project (Towards Educating Mathematics Professionals Encompassing Science and Technology which is Commonwealth Government Funded. She has also successfully gained a grant from the Tasmanian Community Fund for the project: Promoting and supporting parent involvement in primary school mathematics.

### Funding Summary

Number of grants

5

Total funding

### Projects

- Description
- This project is to work with volunteers and community groups to improve the numeracy, health-decisions and work-preparedness for men in the Ravenswood and Rocherlea communities.
- Funding
- Tasmanian Community Fund ($62,455)
- Scheme
- Grant
- Administered By
- University of Tasmania
- Research Team
- Oates GN; Kinsman LD; Reaburn RL
- Period
- 2018 - 2019

- Description
- In the last few decades, increasing equitable access to higher education has been on the agenda for Governments globally. Yet, completion rates and other indicators for achievement for people from diverse backgrounds remain low. This project looks at this issue from the perspective of academics. How do academics perceive their ability and capacity to support diverse learners?
- Funding
- University of Tasmania ($9,387)
- Scheme
- Grant-CAL Hothouse Research Enhancement Program
- Administered By
- University of Tasmania
- Research Team
- Reaburn RL; Beasy KM; Mainsbridge C; Murphy C; Stanford SN
- Year
- 2018

- Description
- The project will conduct workshops for the parents of early primary school children to assist them to gain knowledge andconfidence in their own mathematics skills so that they can better assist their children at home. Research shows that aparents role is a substantial factor in childrens education success (Merttens, 1999). However, research also shows thatparents lack of skill and confidence in mathematics can inhibit their involvement in their childrens learning (Haylock, 2007).These workshops will focus on fundamental mathematics skills with an emphasis on fractions and decimals. The workshopswill assist parents to gain conceptual and procedural knowledge of these fundamental mathematics skills, give parentsknowledge of modern inquiry methods, and help parents to gain a positive attitude to mathematics that can be passed on totheir children. The topics of some of these workshops will be selected by consultation with the parents, and at eachworkshop time will be allowed for questions and discussion.The project will involve the preparation of professionally prepared materials that can be taken home as a resource forparents to use in the long-term. Surveys will also be carried out so that the success of the project can be assessed. On thebasis of this feedback, it is intended that the workshops will be refined and be made available to schools to implement asthey wish. It is also intended that similar workshops will be developed for parents of late primary school students.
- Funding
- Tasmanian Community Fund ($5,808)
- Scheme
- Grant
- Administered By
- University of Tasmania
- Research Team
- Reaburn RL; Wells J
- Year
- 2015

- Description
- The project will investigate; 1) how education jurisdictions and university mathematics educators can collaborate to construct a professional learning program for secondary mathematics teachers; 2) how a collaboratively planned research based 5 day professional learning program can influence the knowledge, beliefs and practice of secondary mathematics teachers; 3) the extent to which changed practices are noticed by students; 4) the impacts of a collaboratively planned research based 5 day professional learning program on students attitudes to mathematics. The PL program will include innovative elements. In addition research detecting the impacts of teacher PL on students is rare and so the results of the project should be readily publishable in high quality journals e.g. Mathematics Teacher Education and Development and the Journal of Mathematics Teachers Education. Co-construction of PL programs is also rare and hence the documentation and analysis of this aspect of the project will make a further contribution to the research literature.
- Funding
- Department of Education Tasmania ($76,434)
- Scheme
- Contract Research
- Administered By
- University of Tasmania
- Research Team
- Beswick K; Chick HL; Muir T; Fitzallen NE; Reaburn RL; Wells J
- Period
- 2014 - 2015

- Description
- This project (TEMPEST) will provide teachers of mathematics K-12 including in the VET sector with: a collaboratively developed national framework for the creation, implementation, and evaluation of quality professional learning (PL); and quality PL resources addressing identified needs particularly related to the applications of mathematics in science, ICT (particularly informatics) and engineering (STEM disciplines).
- Funding
- Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources ($1,738,070)
- Scheme
- Grant-Aust Maths and Science Partnership Program
- Administered By
- University of Tasmania
- Research Team
- Beswick K; Fraser SP; Callingham RA; Kilpatrick SI; Seen AJ; Muir T; Chick HL; Reaburn RL; Wells J; Fitzallen NE; Oates GN
- Period
- 2014 - 2016

## Research Supervision

Robyn is on the supervision team for two PhD students. One of these students is examining the use of technology in Mathematics Education and the other is examining the Migrant English program for Bhutanese refugees.

Current

3

Completed

1

### Current

Degree | Title | Commenced |
---|---|---|

PhD | Teacher Knowledge of and His Attitudes to Geometry Teaching Visa Vis Students' Attitudes to Geometry Learning and Their Geometry Achievements | 2019 |

PhD | Analysis of Factors Contributing to Poor Performance in Mathematics Among Senior High School Students in the Northern Region of Ghana | 2019 |

PhD | Examining the Impact of Students and Teachers Perceptions (Beliefs, Attitudes and Emotions) to Student Performance in Mathematics in Ghana | 2019 |

### Completed

Degree | Title | Completed |
---|---|---|

PhD | Language Learning and Integration of Adult Bhutanese Refugees: An ethnographic study Candidate: Subhash Koirala | 2017 |